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4 Tips for Calving Season

Calving season is one of the most important times of year for cattle producers. Here are four tips to help your calving season run smoothly.
  • Preparation is key

    Being prepared when the first calf hits the ground can reduce stress and improve health for the cow and calf. Make sure you have clean calving areas and tools, such as calf chains and calf puller, to help reduce the health risks to your livestock. Check that all tools are working properly and ready to go. By doing this and organizing the necessary calving supplies, you can reduce stress on yourself and your calving crew.

     

    Date Published: May 4, 2018
    Date Updated: May 4, 2018
  • Proper nutrition

    Proper cow nutrition has a large impact on calf health. It can improve colostrum quality and quantity. One way to determine if cows are receiving adequate nutrition is to assess body conditions during gestation. You may need to separate cows in order to ensure all cows are receiving proper nutrition. During lactation, nutritional requirements are significantly greater, so it is important for you to adjust rations appropriately.

    Date Published: May 4, 2018
    Date Updated: May 4, 2018
  • Monitor closely

    According to Montana State University extension beef cattle specialist Megan Van Emon, it is recommended that cattle are monitored at least every four hours during calving season. “This may be more intensive when the bulk of calving occurs,” says Van Emon.

    Immediately after calving, calves should be monitored closely to ensure the calf has stood and nursed. “If adequate colostrum quality and quantity is not consumed by the calf within the first two hours after birth, further assistance may be needed,” shares Van Emon. Having access to colostrum replacement or frozen colostrum is helpful when calves are unable to nurse.

    Date Published: May 4, 2018
    Date Updated: May 4, 2018
  • Know the signs

    The proper presentation of the calf is important to know. Normal presentation usually begins with the appearance of a nose and two feet, with the soles of the hooves pointing down. If they are in any other position, this could indicate a more difficult birth. Keep your veterinarian’s phone number programmed in your cell phone for emergency situations. 

    Date Published: May 4, 2018
    Date Updated: May 4, 2018
  • More tips and information

    There are many factors that influence calving season. For more information about this important time of year, contact your state extension office.

    Date Published: May 4, 2018
    Date Updated: May 4, 2018

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